Insead hosts Policy Breakfast seminar
Abu Dhabi, September 26, 2011
Leading international business school, Insead, along with the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), hosted a Policy Breakfast seminar aimed at professionals concerned with government policy.
Insead’s Policy Breakfasts are a series of early morning seminars that focus on current policy issues through the lenses of academics and practitioners in industry and government.
The seminar entitled ‘Managing Innovation Policy across Government: A Multi-Country Comparison’ featured Dr Michael Keenan, from the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as the guest speaker.
Dr Keenan explored the challenges of coordinating a complex policy portfolio such as science, technology and innovation (STI) across various government departments.
Keenan said: ‘Policy intervention in support of science, technology and innovation covers a range of areas, including education, business regulation, trade and taxation. Yet, achieving coherence between these different policy areas remains a major challenge for most, if not all, governments.”
“While governments can take useful lessons from one another on improving policy coherence in support of innovation, they must work within their own unique institutional and political environments,” he said.
Dr Sami Mahroum, director of Insead’s innovation and policy initiative, organiser, said: ‘As various government departments continue to invest in and create initiatives that support innovation in the economy, there is an increased need for policy alignment across all sectors of government. In this regard, Abu Dhabi stands to benefit from the practices that many OECD countries have instituted to enhance innovation policy coherence.”
Wasfi Abu Ghazaleh, chief operating officer, TDC, added: “Abu Dhabi realises that building the foundations for STI is critical in helping to achieve its goal of developing a knowledge based economy. The TDC was established to coordinate and align between stakeholders and to support the elevation of Abu Dhabi to a world class center for STI.”
“Abu Dhabi’s STI aspirations can be achieved through a coordinated program of change in areas of human capital development, research and development, enterprise development, infrastructure, and laws and regulations,” Ghazaleh concluded. - TradeArabia News Service